I am running for re-election for Councilor-at-Large from Ward 5. All of Newton can vote in this election, and I ask again for your vote on November 2.
I have both broad community and useful professional experience, plus a great deal of energy, commitment and an enthusiasm for problem solving to help address the important and challenging issues facing our City.
My husband and I and our two children have experienced the many advantages of Newton's exceptional public schools, diversity and quality of life. I wish to work to help protect and build upon these qualities and to pass on to you and many generations a secure and sustainable future.
As your Representative for nearly six terms now, I continue to serve on two substantive committees: I chair the Zoning and Planning Committee, and serve as well on the Public Facilities Committee. I came to the Board with a long resume of volunteer service on numerous Boards and Commissions, as well as a record of activism in support of community preservation, environmental protection, more thoughtful city planning, and more open and accountable government in Newton. My professional background as an architect has been useful in helping to understand and develop plans to improve critical city infrastructure, move forward with needed public building projects and lay the groundwork that can help control and shape our built environment. I wish to continue my work on the City Council, to help develop policies that support a culturally diverse and welcoming community, wise environmental stewardship and economic stability.
The current administration has made strong progress in putting the city on a more solid financial footing. We now have a Capital Plan based on a thorough assessment of municipal buildings and infrastructure, and thanks to strategic planning and the successful 2013 override, Newton has been able to advance projects to rebuild elementary schools and fire stations, update emergency communications and rehabilitate our aging water, sewer and stormwater systems. It has been gratifying to participate deeply in the process to assure this work is thoughtfully designed, well-managed and of a quality that will last for generations to come. However, there is far more work ahead. We can be even better caretakers of our city as we continue to invest wisely in our future. We must implement an aggressive roadway rehabilitation and maintenance plan, develop multi modal transportation options, better maintain park and conservation areas, better support economic development and lay the groundwork to facilitate desperately needed housing options for our seniors, young adults and families. As leaders, we must manage a carefully prioritized capital plan that will serve present and future needs for all residents, undertake robust facilities maintenance programs, and make strategic investments that will strengthen our community and prepare for a quality of living that citizens are willing to sustain.
I am confident that my record of accomplishment demonstrates I can continue to make a meaningful contribution to this work.
You can count on me to listen to your concerns, do my homework - and act with integrity to serve our community. I look forward to continued collaboration with a new mayor, Council and School Committee.
Please explore my website to get to know me a little better, contact me if you have a question, comment or want to share what you feel are the most important issues facing Newton.
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